District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports working on equipment over the week, coordinating work with DNR Forestry, dealing with ongoing beaver problems, and monitoring area lakes and public access sites. Wild rice beds continue to be monitored.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked bear baiting activity and anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag investigated a complaint of illegal motor use on hunter walking trails and illegal fishing. CO Velsvaag attended a fisheries input meeting for Lake Vermilion.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) received a few calls on a ?white? grey wolf hanging around the roadway on Hwy 1 east of Soudan. By the end of the day the wolf appeared to have moved on to other areas. The officer continued working bear baiting and fielded numerous questions on the upcoming deer season. The officer is investigating a possible over-limit case. The Officer also assisted the sheriff?s office with civil work on Lake Vermilion.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) continued training a COC and primarily worked boaters, anglers, ATVs, Lake Vermilion, bear bait station enforcement, the state park, and worked a TIP complaint of an over limit of fish. The officer assisted Hibbing PD with the capture of a suspect who escaped their custody. Enforcement action was taken on no angling license in possession, OHV trespass, no park permit, and several ATV and boating violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent time checking bear baiting activity and assisted with getting hunters to locations of problem bears. Fredin responded to calls of fires burning asphalt shingles and was called to a cabin residence burning trees during closed burning hours. A FAS law presentation was giving in Palo and an ATV law presentation was given at the Gilbert OHV Park.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended a field training officer class and spent time checking anglers and boaters on Virginia area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and insufficient PFDs. Questions were answered regarding bear baiting.

Ray - vacant.